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Unveiling Life Education Trust Mid-South Canterbury?s new mobile classroom are (from left) photographer Geoff Cloake, chairman Jeff Paul, educator Jane Hooper, trustee Annette Bray, deputy chairwoman Clare Bruce and Timaru Signs Graphix director Peter Taylor. Photo supplied

The Life Education Trust has a fresh-faced, refurbished mobile classroom.

The mobile classroom is home to trust mascot Harold the Giraffe and travels all over Mid and South Canterbury to teach children important life lessons.

Topics explored include food and nutrition, human biology, substances, identity and resilience and relationships.

The trust provides two sessions of learning per year per child for around 8000 children and offers education outside the conventional classroom space.

It is currently run by seven trustees, three in Ashburton and four in Timaru, and a part-time administrator.

It is also on the look out for for more volunteers to become trustees.

Being a Trustee is extremely rewarding and a real privilege, Mid Canterbury trustee Moyra Whiting said.

‘‘Life Education is a very much respected and valued programme in schools. It is not uncommon for adults in their 30s and 40s to voluntarily mention their mobile classroom experiences when talking of their childhood years at school,’’ she said.

Harold the Giraffe has left many lasting impressions and updated technology and programmes meant that it would continue for many years to come, Mrs Whiting said.

The Life Education Mobile classroom will begin in Mid Canterbury on July 28 when it visits Hinds school. A week later it will be at Tinwald School.